The book Everything Has Two Handles
by Ronald Pies presents itself as an accessible introduction into Stoicism, for the 'intelligent layperson that wants to live well,' and Pies skillfully achieves this end....It is a book that can easily be reread or referenced for continued application and guidance. The reader is not left overwhelmed but is offered a clear understanding. (Philosophical Practice
In this breathtaking tour of ancient wisdom, Ron Pies, M.D., makes the philosophy of the Stoics come alive for the modern reader. Touching on our most urgent contemporary problems—the meaning of happiness, the role of pleasure, the importance of wisdom, friendship, balance, harmony, and anger—the Stoics provide a surprisingly fresh and instructive set of principles about how to live. With numerous examples from the world's philosophical and religious traditions, as well as vignettes about people struggling to understand their lives in the 21st century, Pies has created a guide filled with warmth, clear thinking, strong values, and the deep pleasure that comes from our recognition of the enduring truths. (Richard M. Berlin, M.D.)
About the Author
Ronald Pies, M.D.
is Professor of Psychiatry and Lecturer on Bioethics and Humanities at S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.; and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Psychiatric Times
. Dr. Pies is the author of several psychiatric textbooks, and a guide to psychotherapy for the general public (A Consumer's Guide to Choosing the Right Psychotherapist
, Jason Aronson, 1997). Dr. Pies is also a published poet (Creeping Thyme
, Brandylane) and the author of a collection of short stories (Zimmerman's Tefillin
, PublishAmerica). He lives with his wife, Nancy Butters MSW, near Boston.